Nice hike but tough. Make sure you have a car waiting if you're not making the six mile trek back to your car. Also warning if you're planning on calling a ride back to your car at the visitors center, be aware that If you end your hike at scotts gap there is absolutely no cell reception!!! So just tell them to meet you there in about 3 hours (one way).

GO PREPARED
If not you will be sucking at life!!!

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Excellent hike among the woods!

I'm not a frequent hiker, but I found this a great post-work escape. I completed the circuit in just about an hour, and for the most part it was easy going. What qualifies this as a "hard" route are the several particularly steep points, but I'd say over half of the route you are walking along fairly smoothly. I scavenged a fallen branch for a walking stick and was glad to have it on the hills.

Dirt all the way, so I would not recommend hiking after rain. When navigating the inclines you are either among tangled tree roots or balancing over an erosion gully. Tennis shoes did fine, but I would have liked some slightly sturdier shoes.

There are never any clearings nor points where you get much of a view (the only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5), but the ridgetops are still sunny without being hot, and the wind in the trees is wonderful. The times you are in the bottom valley, you are in deep dark woods and the smell of the earth is rich and heavy.

Lots of frogs jumping out of your way, butterflies and regular flies, birdsongs, distant motorcycle rumbles, the occasional planes flying overhead, coyote tracks in the mud, and spider webs which are easily cleared with the aforementioned walking stick.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

for a short hike this was nice and lived up to its rating/ difficult

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult trail, but worth the distance. I'll make sure to be better prepared next time around.

2 months ago

I was surprised by this trail. It's definitely challenging, but typically each climb comes with a downhill reprieve. Really enjoyed the hike, but being a one way trail make the logistics tough. It's a pretty tough trail to go up and back with. Have a car waiting!

Great local trail that is challenging and contains significant elevation change for this area.

hiking
2 months ago

The best trail in Louisville that Ive found so far. It took me 3 days to do all of it because i kept parking and then having to backtrack to my car. Ive parked at the furthest point on Tom Wallace and hiked it to high knob twice now. This requires climbing 5 mountains lol, and almost 9 miles of hiking. Hopefully i will do the whole thing and back one day.

hiking
2 months ago

The coolest short loop ive found at jefferson memorial. The knobs, the overlooks, couldn't ask for more

My favorite short but tough hike in Jefferson Memorial. Take the Tulip Tree paved path to the end and then up the hill to add a little length and a serious climb to your trip.

We are not very experienced hikers so this was definitely work for us. We obviously didn't do the whole trail but we enjoyed the challenge!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike and a decent challenge for experienced hikers. I would advise caution to new hikers as this trail is roughly 6.5 miles ONE WAY! You will need to traverse the same obstacles twice to make it back to the parking area and the start of the trail. There are a few parking spaces within the first mile of the trail so you can park where ever is convenient. The area can get busy on the weekends especially in the summer. Overall pleasant hike with nice tree covered views of downtown louisville and a few open farm and factory areas (best viewing are when the leaves have fallen in fall or spring).